VA San Diego begins COVID-19 Vaccination - VA San Diego Healthcare System
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VA San Diego begins COVID-19 Vaccination

COVID-19 vaccination

Mr. Carl Wendt, a Navy Vietnam Veteran and long-term Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) patient, is amongst the first ones to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Standing next to him is Dr. Robert Smith, VASDHS Director, along with Carmen Concepcion, Associate Director, Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) begins COVID-19 vaccination with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, Tuesday, December 22, 2020, following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization for this vaccine.

“VASDHS is eager to offer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to health care personnel, Veteran spinal cord unit patients, and community living center residents,” said VASDHS Director, Robert M. Smith, MD. “Receiving the vaccine is like having hope delivered. As vaccine supplies increase, our ultimate goal is to offer COVID-19 vaccination to all Veterans and employees who want to be vaccinated.”

As vaccines become available for more Veterans, VA care teams will reach out to eligible Veterans to schedule vaccinations. There is no need to preregister or come to a facility to sign up.

Veterans can get up-to-date information on VA’s VA COVID-19 vaccine webpage, which launched on December 11, 2020, and sign up to receive regular updates on the vaccine on the VA’s Stay Informed page.

Even after receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, employees and Veterans should continue wearing face coverings, practicing physical distancing, and washing hands often.


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